Evaluation of the Decision-making Capacity of Two Cases Planning to Undergo Uterine Evacuation

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ALTINÖZ A. E., Essizoglu A., Sercan M., Yigit D., Yildiz S.

TURK PSIKIYATRI DERGISI, vol.29, no.1, pp.69-72, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5080/u22627
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-72
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period can lead to a deterioration in one's judgment and decision-making ability. These disorders may cause sensitive and complex legal and ethical issues relating to psychiatric, obstetric, and neonatal care. Clinicians should ethically respect the autonomy of the individual, but at the same time, they must assess the individual's decision-making process with the use of forensic psychiatric and consultation-liaison psychiatric practice. While the literature related to mental disorders in pregnancy has been increasing, there is limited information regarding the medico-legal and ethical aspects of this topic. Herein, we present two cases who are pregnant and have psychiatric disorders, and we aim to discuss their evaluation process of uterine evacuation.